Bishops have asked that a Special Collection for Ukraine be taken up in parishes on the weekend of 26 and 27 March.
Responding to the great concern expressed by many people in the parishes and Dioceses of Ireland, the Bishops decided to offer people another opportunity to support financially the families and children of the Ukraine who have had to flee their homeland in advance of the Russian invasion.
Bishops said, “Already millions of people have been forced to flee their homes as refugees. It is a source of inspiration that people all over Ireland are responding with customary generosity to support humanitarian efforts in this crisis. Many parish communities have already established links with charitable projects to support refugees and those remaining in Ukraine. Recognising these urgent needs, the bishops are asking that a special collection be taken up at all Masses on the weekend of Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 March.
The proceeds of this Special Collection will be directed to Caritas Internationalis which is the helping hand of the Church on the ground in the Ukraine and surrounding areas. Caritas is the international equivalent of Trócaire, our own Irish Church development agency.
Parishes will receive a communique this week relating to the collection, the proceeds of which should be returned as quickly as possible to the local diocesan office.